The Faster Forward Fellowship

Faster Forward Fellowship (FFf) Overview

The Faster Forward Fund sponsors the Faster Forward fellowship (FFfellowship), a $5,000 award, each Spring. This is an opportunity for which students of the Claremont Graduate University Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences are eligible.

Entrants must meet two eligibility requirements:

  1. be currently enrolled at Claremont Graduate University;
  2. have taken or be taking at least one evaluation course at CGU*.

Essays must meet two eligibility requirements:

  1. be about the discipline of evaluation, its methods, assumptions, or application;
  2. address the issue of social impact (extra points are awarded if the paper/project can or might have a positive social impact, or if possible mitigation efforts are made to combat potential negative social impacts).

Essays are primarily awarded points on:

  1. originality—Must be original in some substantial way, i.e. not a mere refinement or reworking of some previously published approach. The essay must put forward an original suggestion (or several) to improve the current theory or practice of evaluation, as it is applied in the usual topical fields;
  2. significance for the filed of evaluation—the contribution is judged to be one with substantial impact on present and/or future evaluation practice or theory.

Points are reduced if papers are not be between 2-5,000 words–see this year’s entrance information and FFf’s FAQ’s for more details.

Details regarding the guidelines are sent to all CGU students annually. Submissions are due on March 1 at midnight PST of each year and must be sent to The winner(s) are announced on April 1, and award(s) given.

For more detailed information about the 2017 essay guidelines, click here.

The 2015 essay winners and papers can be found by clicking here and the 2016 essay winner and paper can be found by clinking here.

*Students may request an exemption to this requirement. Exemptions are made on a case-by-case basis for students who can show that they have equivalent background knowledge or experience in evaluation.